West Texas Tough

We believe the only way to grow cotton as tough as West Texas is to grow cotton that’s bred for, tested and made in West Texas — which is exactly how our locally proven varieties are developed.

What Does It Mean To Be West Texas Tough?

High elevation, low water tables, limited rainfall and the threat of sand storms create some of the most challenging growing conditions. As a Texan grower, you’re resilient, resourceful, hardworking and performance-driven. 

When we say our cotton is West Texas Tough, we mean it. Because we don’t just develop our varieties with West Texas in mind. These varieties are bred specifically for the region and are tested and made right here in West Texas.

Bred for West Texas

We’re dedicated to developing lines that better fit your region. As part of that commitment, we’ve placed a breeding facility in Lubbock, Texas, which allows us to focus our efforts on West Texas. Our breeders have an extensive understanding of your growing environments and challenges because they work and live alongside West Texas growers like you.

Advanced Genetic Marker Technology

Deltapine West Texas breeders use advanced genetic marker technology to search for cotton lines that not only have high yield potential and excellent fiber quality but also have qualities that can help them perform in the tough West Texas growing conditions like good vigor and storm tolerance, and carry resistance to disease and pests such as root-knot nematodes, bacterial blight and verticillium wilt.

Our Breeding Locations

Our breeding program has roughly 20 locations in West Texas, some with as many as 10,000 plots, others have as few as 500 to 600 plots. These breeding plots range in size from two rows at 40-foot planted to four rows at 40-foot planted. We evaluate and collect data on yield, fiber quality characteristics, vigor and emergence ratings, disease and insect resistances, etc. in every plot. As lines move through the pipeline, their plot sizes grow to more accurately demonstrate performance potential in real-world conditions.

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A Decade of Proof

Proving the performance of our tough varieties can take five to 10 years. We’ve been working on our Texas Tough varieties for almost a decade and are finally starting to see the proof we need to launch cotton we deem tough enough for the West Texas growing conditions. Our lineup today is just the beginning of improved genetics and traits specifically for West Texas — both on dryland acres and irrigated fields.

For example, the following varieties are a result of this hard work:

DP 1822 XF

Improved vert tolerance


DP 1820 B3XF

Improved fiber quality


DP 1612 B2XF

Improved seeding vigor


Other Varieties

A wide selection of products with early maturity

Tested in West Texas

We put our cotton to the test in the very soil it was bred for through our premier testing and commercialization program. Our process lasts years and spans the entire region — from Amarillo to San Angelo and Seminole to Haskell — to ensure the seed we develop can perform under all of the unique growing conditions of West Texas.

Season After Season

Because no two seasons in West Texas are the same, each pre-commercial variety line being evaluated is grown for four-five seasons before it’s even considered to be West Texas Tough.


Field Agronomic Comparison Trials

We start with more than 700 variety lines. After rigorous testing, the top performers advance to our Field Agronomic Comparison Trials. During these trials, the varieties are tested and filtered again until only a handful of them move into our New Product Evaluator (NPE) Program.


Our NPE Program

Our NPE Program is the final phase of testing and really sets Deltapine apart from the competition. More than 45 NPE growers evaluate the final pre-commercial variety candidates in their own large-acre trials, under their own management and field conditions. These growers provide feedback to our product team to determine which varieties are indeed tried-and-true Texas Tough.

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Made in West Texas

After years of testing in the West Texas soil, our Texas Tough seed is manufactured at our new, state-of-the-art facility in Lubbock, Texas. This $145 million investment is a sign of our commitment to the West Texas region. Not only are we developing high-performing cottonseed for West Texas growers but the plant also gives back to the community through employment, charity and sustainability.


This premier facility is the only manufacturing plant of its kind in West Texas and sits in the largest cotton patch in the U.S — if not the world!

We also has unmatched seed treating technology that layers treatments to provide better coverage over the seed, which can lead to better performance potential in the field.

The plant employs breakthrough technology that no other seed facility has, providing the ability to clean out damaged seed that comes into the system.

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Proven to Perform

These Deltapine® varieties have been proven to perform in West Texas and can be counted on to deliver high yield potential, outstanding fiber quality and strong protection against pests, which means strong results in your fields.

The DryTough™ dryland cotton varieties can give you all of the performance you expect with less of the cost.

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